As an example, Florida Ice & Farm, which is already exporting its Imperial beer to the Asian country free of tariffs, wants that this preference to be consolidated into the Free Trade Agreement. Other sectors that have already eyed their position on the matter are sugar, ethanol, pasta, leather, meat, and fruit juice.
In her article in Elfinancierocr.com, Gilda González Sandoval reports on the conversations between both countries that, "In the first round of negotiations, both parties agreed that access will have four categories: 0% of an immediate tariff, five years of tax deduction, and a 10 year period. In addition, a special category will exist for the most difficult to negotiate products. For them, time frames longer than 10 years, quotas, contingencies, and other possibilities would also be considered."
Sugar growers are confident they will obtain access to China's market.
This is the opinion of Edgar Herrera, executive director of the Sugar Cane League, who also said that they "... are used to be one of the last negotiated items in Free Trade Agreements, as it is usually a sensitive product".
The Chamber of Food Industry rejected the announcement of the Agro-Industrial Sugar Cane League to increase domestic price of sugar.
A recent announcement by the Agro-Industrial Sugar Cane League with regards to intentions of increasing domestic price of sugar, prompted the Costa Rican Food Industry (CACIA) to react immediately, believing that it is wrong and inappropriate to change the local price only when international price rises, problem caused by protective tariffs granted by the Government.
In Costa Rica the virtually monopolistic Industrial Sugar Cane Agricultural League is supporting a recent decree that protects blocking imports of sugar by forcing sugar fortification to be done it its place of origin.
A statement issued by the Industrial Sugarcane Agricultural League (LAICA) abounds in views on the relevance of sugar fortification -which nobody questions-, and on the supposed benefits that the company brings to the Costa Rican consumers, including " stable prices. "
The Costa Rican Food Industry Chamber called for the withdrawal of a 45% tariff protecting sugar.
The Chamber calls for the removal of all distortions present in the market of food raw materials, of which sugar is one of the most important and widely used. Marco Cercone, president of the Chamber, noted that the monopoly has raised prices up 22%, and said increase makes it impossible for the food industry to compete, taking its highest toll among small and medium companies.
Receive more news about Agriculture & Food
Suscribe FOR FREE to CentralAmericaDATA EXPRESS.
The most important news of Central America, every day.